For some, a love of animals may develop over time, while others may be born with that inherent feeling. Azan and Nicola, first grade students at Pierre de Coubertin Elementary School in Montreal, became friends in kindergarten and quickly found that they shared a common love of animals. This passion has already led them, at such a young age, to develop an amazing array of knowledge about many animals.
This year, the two boys chose to partner up and participate in the school’s science fair. The topic of choice was one of their favorite wild animals – the cheetah.
Ask either of these boys what it is that they love about cheetahs, and their first response is almost always “because it’s the fastest animal on land.“
They thought they already knew a lot about cheetahs, however it turned out that there was still much to learn. While researching “Amazing Cheetah Facts” for their project, one finding that struck them was that cheetahs are endangered animals, with only a little over 10,000 cheetahs remaining.
It became very important to them to share why it is that cheetahs have become endangered, and how people are working to help protect cheetahs from extinction.
On March 28th 2014, while they proudly displayed their science fair project, they not only shared facts about the cheetah, but spoke about how the cheetahs need protection, why there are so few left, and what it is that Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) does to help protect cheetahs.
They explained how “cheetahs get blamed for killing farm animals because they don’t hunt at night like other wild cats; they hunt in the day. So when farmers find their animals dead, they see cheetahs and think it was the cheetah’s fault and sometimes shoot them. The CCF teaches farmers how to know which predator attacked their animals, and they also train dogs to protect their animals”.
At the young age of 6, it has been difficult for them to describe the complex work done by CCF, but I think that every little effort counts. If their eagerness to learn more about protecting wild animals has spread to other students, then they have done their small but successful part in raising awareness.
Both boys have expressed how they hope cheetahs will still be around when they are adults so their children can see how “cool this wild cat is“. They have proven that it is never too late or, in this case, never too early to raise awareness about the dangers faced by some of the earth’s most beautiful creatures.
Written by guest blogger and proud Mom: Assunta I.